The title was initially revealed following a proposed leak sighted on Ken Block's Gymkhana 7 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR, and was later confirmed to be a title in development by an EA Spoksperson.
|“||We're proud and excited to be given the opportunity to partner with Ken Block on an upcoming mobile game project," said an EA spokesperson. "We've been anticipating seeing this car in action for Gymkhana 7 and sharing more. Details are coming soon.||”|
— EA Spokesperson
The title was officially announced on November 20th, 2014 with the release of a reveal trailer featuring Ken Block. The trailer portrayed him playing the title on a handheld device that showed footage including various cars.
A press release was also issued by the title's Executive Producer - Robert Huebner - with regards to upcoming cars, customisation, and characters alongside teasing additional content.
|“||We’ve built No Limits from the ground up to deliver the insanely-fast driving and incredible graphics that fans have come to expect from Need for Speed – all in the palm of your hand.|
We’ll be back soon in the weeks and months ahead with more details about the cars, characters, customization, and more in Need for Speed No Limits.
— Robert Huebner
On January 5th, 2015, EA released a gameplay teaser trailer showing various short clips of gameplay footage. The teaser introduced several new cars and revealed the location of the game's fictional setting to be a city called Blackridge, although the environment is not an open world.
The teaser also featured the song Castellated Nut by Junkie XL which was previously featured as part of Need for Speed: ProStreet's original score soundtrack.
The game opens with the player in Blackridge amidst a race against Marcus King - the leader of the Blackridge Royals street racing crew. They're offered, by Marcus, a car to drive for the race as a garage door slowly raises to reveal it to be a Hoonigan styled Ford Mustang GT.
The player joins Marcus at the start line to a race. He's seen driving a BMW M4 alongside two other members of his racing crew driving a Toyota GT86 and a Mazda RX7.
Beating Marcus to the finish line, the player is told by Marcus that the Mustang offered to them for the race was stolen. A police helicopter soon hovers over head and the sound of police sirens draws ever closer. The player is intercepted by various police vehicles as Marcus confesses to the player that he doesn't want them or the Mustang on the streets.
Marcus leaves with his crew members, leaving the player with the Mustang to attempt and evade the increasing police presence.
The player evades the pursuit and returns to the garage the car came from, only to find Kim, the former owner of the Mustang. She knew Marcus was trying to eliminate her from the street racing scene in Blackridge, and is grateful that the player was able to return her car as well as escaping the police.
She offers them to come drive for her with the keys to a Ford Fiesta ST, with the condition that they must first prove themselves before they can take on the Royals. She sponsors the player with entry to events in exchange for her using the player's reputation to expand her car enhancement business.
The career is split into five separate stages with each containing various events. Completing the first stage will progress players from Kim's events to those against other street racing crews in Blackridge. Completing events progresses the player through the career.
Each event is shown along a road map within each stage. Completing an event will unlock the next event along the roadmap with it eventually leading to a rival race against a specific character or crew member. Each event has an accompanying rating of either easy, average or hard.
Illegal Challenges are bonus events that appear along a stage roadmap. Winning these events offer illegal bonus items from one of three bonus cards.
Entering an event requires the usage of a single Fuel point.
There are several different event types;
- Rush Hour - Cross the finish line in first place.
- Time Trial - Cross the finish line quicker than the highlighted target time.
- Delivery - Deliver the car without damaging it. Colliding with anything adds a time penalty.
- Team Battle - Race against rival crew members.
The handheld title will be free to download with players being offered purchasing options for car improvement and amplified level progression rewards.
Kim will refill the player's Fuel tank for free, but only once when the tank is first emptied. Refilling a Fuel tank costs 3 Gold.
- Enter an event - 1 Fuel
- Restart a failed event - 1 Fuel
- Repair a crashed car during an event - 1 Fuel
Style Points are earned in-game by completing an event with the amount based on the player's driver skill during that event. It can be used to purchase visual parts. It is shown as a crown.
Medals are a series of event completion awards endowed based on the player's finish position or finishing criteria for an event.
Cards can be won by winning an event. Turning over a card will give the player a random reward such as additional cash, car parts or livery sections.
Level is the player's current driver level. Completing events adds points towards their next level.
- Steering is controlled by tapping either the left or right side of the screen.
- Nitrous is activated by swiping a finger across the screen from the bottom to the top.
- Nitrous will regenerate through performing various driving skills.
- Drifting is performed by sliding a finger down the left or right side of the screen for either direction.
- Drifting through corners helps sustain the vehicle's entry speed.
The Black Market is an in-game card pack store that allows players to buy car parts for either in-game cash or gold.
Crates are a series of shipping containers that each contain various items of differing quality.
- Standard Classic Sport Pack - 4 cards for 6,000.
- Premium Classic Sport Pack - 7 cards for 230.
- Standard Muscle Pack - 4 cards for 5,000.
- Premium Muscle Pack - 7 cards for 120.
- Standard Street Pack - 4 cards for 4,000.
- Premium Street Pack - 7 cards for 90.
The Garage allows players to alter their cars with different performance parts and cosmetic items.
Performance parts can be equipped to alter the acceleration, top speed, and handling rating of a car. Various parts can be equipped including: engines. nitrous, forced induction, ECU, gearboxes, tyres, rollcages, and suspension components.
The parts are shown as cards and can be dragged into place.
Visual components can be equipped to alter the appearance of a vehicle. These components include: bodykits, wing mirrors, headlights, roof scoops, wheels, spoilers, exhaust tips, rear lights, and liveries.
Some parts can also be painted including body colour, wheel colour, brake calliper colour, and window tint.
|Audi R8 V10||Super||Unknown|
|BMW M3 Coupé 1999||Classic Sport||223||850||825||840||820||6|
|Dodge Challenger SRT8||Muscle||230||4|
|Ferrari 458 Italia||Super||492||6|
|Ford Fiesta ST||Street||189|
|Ford Mustang GT||Muscle||257||4|
|Mazda RX-7 FD||Classic Sport||264||990||970||1010||1020|
|Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32||Classic Sport||262||970||980||940||950||5|
|Nissan GT-R (R35)||Sport||462||1990||2020||2010||1980||6|
|SRT Viper GTS||Muscle||279||4|
|Subaru Impreza WRX STI||Street||204||580||620||680||550||3|
|Porsche 911 (993) Carrera||Classic Sport||241||4 or 140|
|Porsche 911 Carrera 991||Sport||419||1760||1790||1780||1690||6|
|Volkswagen Golf GTI||Street||202||3|
|Dodge Charger SRT8 (2012)|
|Ford Crown Victoria|
|Dodge Charger SRT8 (2012)|
|Ford Crown Victoria|
|Ford Explorer (2011)|
|12th Planet & Mayhem||Murdaaa|
|Calling All Cars||Reptile|
|Flosstradamus||Mosh Pit ft. Casino|
|Le Castle Vania||Raise The Dead|
|Steve Aoki feat. Waka Flocka Flame||Rage The Night Away|
|Travis Barker, Yelawolf||Push 'Em|
The title will be released on Android and iOS devices in 2015 with some territories being granted earlier access through a soft launch.
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/notes/need-for-speed-no-limits/frequently-asked-questions/1508946919369542
- ↑ http://jalopnik.com/ken-blocks-gymkhana-7-car-is-a-monstrous-845-hp-awd-196-1654509975
- ↑ http://uk.ign.com/articles/2014/11/04/new-need-for-speed-game-title-no-limits-possibly-leaked
- ↑ http://www.joystiq.com/2010/05/17/we-should-be-set-on-need-for-speed-subtitles-for-a-while/
- ↑ http://www.ea.com/news/hit-the-road-with-ken-block-and-need-for-speed-no-limits
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